This minimalist scandi-japanese prefab home captures all the right notes; the swedes may have met their nadir.
For the equivalent of $220K (AUD) MUJI have extended their retail design expression and given it a home, and it may well be the most evolved and inviting prefab home yet. With Australian consumers love affair with all things flat-pack perhaps that demand might spill over into the housing sector and motivate the retailer to load a few display homes into a container and set sail.
Its called Yō no Ie (plain house) this prefab home was curated from the ground-up by MUJI’s design team, and the house can be placed onto any block of land able to accommodate its 80 square meter layout; it’s designed to engage with its surroundings.
To maximise natural light, large floor-to-ceiling windows along with a sloped ceiling were adopted to allow for more light to enter the home. In order to create a sense of openness within the house, an open concept was utilised with movable partitions that can divide and repurpose space when needed. Establishing a connection with its surroundings is a large outdoor wooden deck that merges seamlessly with the main structure – the absence of steps or gates ensures the transition is seamless.
The facade is clad with cedar that ages and will develop a rustic hue over time.
Confidence in the longevity of a prefab home still remains a concern here in Australia, and perhaps we should look to Japan where Sekisui (a very large Japanese prefab housing manufacturer) have an initial 30-year structural frame and waterproofing warranty. Even after that warranty period has expired, homeowners can renew it for 10-year intervals based on a fee-based inspection.
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